A musical genius brought to his knees in a world of clichéd dialogue, and that's not even the plotline.
'Copying Beethoven' takes a look at the last year in the life of one of the world's most celebrated composers, exploring his uneven personality and those who were the focus of his attention throughout this period.
Beethoven (Harris) is struggling to come to terms with his failing hearing. Continuing to write music, he doesn’t have the same sense of the music as he used to, causing his already-stretched temper to flare at the slightest provocation. At this point Anna Holtz (Kruger) strolls into his life to act as his copier. At first he is appalled at the notion of having a female copier but gradually Anna's charms wear him down and becomes quite fond of and reliant on her. And without knowing it, she has soon become his muse.
His other infatuation is his blind, utterly-devoted love for his squandering nephew Karl (Anderson), who feels suffocated by the expectation that his perfectionist uncle places on him and rebels by drinking and gambling.
If it all sounds a bit boring so far, that's because it is. There's nothing remarkable about this film that captures a sense of Beethoven's brilliance. The dialogue is so corny and far-fetched that it prompts the giggles at all the wrong moments and none of the talented cast are ever given a chance to show their worth.
Clichéd and soppy, 'Copying Beethoven' is a pointless film. It is neither insightful nor entertaining and will be forgotten all too quickly.